Sheffield United midfielder Ben Osborn is remaining positive following the loss at Bournemouth, after insisting the Blades did more good than bad despite losing 2-1.
Two goals in a matter of minutes from Bournemouth took the game away from United after Morgan Gibbs-White had initially given the Blades a well-deserved lead. However, a harsh penalty decision against Enda Stevens and a good finish from Philip Billing ensured the three points for the Cherries.
United hit the bar late on and twice went within inches of finding a late leveller as well. Alas, it was not to be, and it was yet another game with nothing to show.
However, midfielder Osborn, who played well again in miserable conditions on the south coast, insisted the Blades must take the positives and keep moving forward.
Keeping the faith
On another day, United would have taken something from the game. In fact, had the penalty not been given, then things are completely different.
United created good chances, too. Billy Sharp missed a glorious chance, while Mousset’s late header probably should have gone in. And Osborn, speaking after the game, admitting the squad is trying to take the positives out of taking the game to a good Bournemouth side.
“I think so, yeah. I think that’s the general consensus from the changing room there. That’s got to be the minimum attitude,” Osborn said when asked about the good performance level.
“The way we pressed. I don’t think their midfielders got on the ball at all really. We created stuff, put balls in the box. That’s got to the minimum and you’ve got to expect the tide will turn if we keep playing like that.”
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United’s efforts and overall display at Bournemouth was good. It was hard in the wind and rain and times, we looked a real threat.
However, the same old problems persist. Lapses in concentration, switching off, and making poor decisions continue to haunt us. Of course, it would help if the referees did their job correctly as well.
But Osborn is right. There was plenty to admire and things to work on. The club now faces another big two weeks during the int’l break.